Dr. Lieberman recalls if schizophrenia can be a fatal diagnosis.
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Is schizophrenia a fatal diagnosis? Dr. Jeffery Lieberman: Schizophrenia doesn't directly kill you like let's say cancer will kill you or Alzheimer's disease will resulted in mortality but it indirectly has a high mortality rate. Many people attempt and die by suicide. Overall between 6% and 10% of people who have Schizophrenia will die by suicide, that's many, many times the average in the population. In addition people who have Schizophrenia because of the side effects the medication they take or because they tend to then kind of lapse into a lifestyle which is unhealthy and inactive, they smoke a lot, they don't exercise, they are taking medicines which stimulate their appetites, if they eat more they can become obese, that can help diabetes, cardiovascular disease and its been found that there is a survival rate which is much less then their peers other people who are the same age so it the same as your economic status. So for example the average life span for a man or an individual in today society is mid late 70s. The average life span for somebody with Schizophrenia is about 20 years less. So there is a huge decrease in survival and the decrease in survival is due to excess mortality coming from suicide, coming from cardiovascular disease, coming from respiratory disease associated with these life style factors.